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Professionals should not collude with abusive systems

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1088
  1. Janet Menage, General practitioner
  1. Holbrooks Medical Centre, Coventry

    EDITOR,--J A Black and G D Debelle do not go far enough in their article on female genital mutilation.1 They state, “genital mutilation is a form of child abuse, though this term should not be used when discussing the procedure with families as it would be greatly resented.” This suggests that the feelings of the families and doctors should be given precedence over the feelings of the child(ren) being …

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